“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
– Carl Jung
This is important. Instead of allowing yourself to simply sit around being annoyed by somebody, try to put yourself into their shoes and understand where they’re coming from. I’ve been practicing this for a while, and I guarantee you, not only will you become more compassionate towards others, you will learn a heck of a lot about yourself. And you’ll even grow in compassion toward yourself.
Plus, as a writer it’s always important (ALWAYS) to try and understand other people. How else will you be able to write characters who ring true?
So try it: Next time you’re irritated with somebody, think about it. Why are you irritated? What does that say about your personal character? Why do you think they behave in this way? What does that say about their life?